ERIC Number: ED414797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Emotional Intelligence and Educational Leadership at East Carolina University.
McDowelle, James O.; Bell, Edwin D.
This paper examines the concept of emotional intelligence and the application of the concept to the field of educational administration and leadership. Emotional intelligence (EQ) includes such skills as self-awareness, managing emotions, self-motivation, empathy, and handling relationships by managing emotions in others. Much of the research conducted on the importance of EQ, as opposed to intelligence quotient (IQ), had been related to the study of organizational leadership and development. EQ research has found that the lack of EQ skills, or emotional illiteracy, lowers team effectiveness and creates dysfunctional team interactions, and that the most effective performers within large organizations are often those with the best networking skills. It is argued that educational leadership preparation programs should systematically and intentionally include the EQ research and knowledge base. Internships and clinical experiences should include planned opportunities for teaming, networking, conflict-management, and negotiations. The paper concludes by discussing a study that the Department of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University is undertaking to assess EQ skills among its students. (Contains 40 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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